- Medieval Demonology. one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust.
Examples from the Web for mephistophelean
No, I based him on a sort of Mephistophelean character—more of a seducer, and more demonic, in a way.Keanu Reeves on ‘Man of Tai Chi,’ ‘Bill & Ted’ & ‘Point Break’
September 13, 2013
But reflection brought a Mephistophelean suggestion of comfort.The Burglars' Club
Henry A. Hering
His mephistophelean eyebrows were raised interrogatively, and he was smiling so as to exhibit a row of uneven yellow teeth.The Yellow Claw
The bearded man stood ready, and exchanged a glance with his Mephistophelean companion, who was behind the doctor now.The Bag of Diamonds
George Manville Fenn
In a flash there recurred to him every incident of those dramatic interviews with the Mephistophelean doctor.The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
- a devil in medieval mythology and the one to whom Faust sold his soul in the Faust legend
Word Origin and History for mephistophelean
1590s, the evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul in the German legend, from German (1587), of unknown origin. According to the speculation of eminent Göthe scholar K.J. Schröer (1886) it is a compound of Hebrew mephitz "destroyer" + tophel "liar" (short for tophel sheqer, literally "falsehood plasterer;" cf. Job xiii:4). Klein writes that the names of devils in the Middle Ages "are in most cases derived from Hebrew."